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Behind The Brain Of Bernie

Science teacher Mr. Bernie Eckel has been a student favorite for a while now. People who don’t even have Mr. Eckel know his name, as his peculiar and crazy personality really makes people smile. Having Mr. Eckel this year, I’ve come to know the many sides to him. He can be wild, strict, serious, inspirational, […]

Science teacher Mr. Bernie Eckel has been a student favorite for a while now. People who don’t even have Mr. Eckel know his name, as his peculiar and crazy personality really makes people smile. Having Mr. Eckel this year, I’ve come to know the many sides to him. He can be wild, strict, serious, inspirational, fun, kind, an understanding. I thought it was time for the rest of the CB students to know all the sides to him and find out what makes Bernie “Bernie”.

Mr. Eckel didn’t get into teaching because he had always wanted to, but because he thought the job might be a better pace from what he was working.

“I was working a job and was on call all the time, so I decided to do something I thought had normal hours”.

Mr. Eckel’s parents had a great amount of influence on who he has become today, and his mom has implemented life lessons that he preaches in his classroom.

“[With my mom] there’s no such thing as ‘I don’t know’, there’s no such thing as ‘I can’t’. With my mom, anything is possible, and you don’t listen to other people. And at the end of the day, if things don’t work out, you go to start the next day the best you can and you don’t look back. What a great woman, Big Rita”.

Mr. Eckel says that there is one crucial thing about teaching at Christian Brothers that is necessary to have the job work.

“You gotta love the kids,” he says. “If you don’t love the kids, this job doesn’t work. That’s the most important thing”.

Mr. Eckel explained what lessons he has learned as generations evolve into much more vocal and technology oriented people.

“Actually I think there’s a little more patience. Technology has actually changed how the kids socialize and how they do in class. I still have a hard time making my adjustment to it. But I am adjusting to the technology and to an online class”.

According to Mr. Eckel, the future of teaching is quite technological.

“I really believe the future of this is teachers are just going to be somebody that wander around and all the learning is going to come off the devices”.

Lizzie Blake (‘20) has been a student of Mr. Eckel for quite some time now, having had him as a teacher since taking chemistry in summer school chemistry in 2018 and physics this year. One thing Lizzie likes about his unique teaching style is how he pushes his students.

“I like having the chance to be more independent in class and in lab work because some teachers don’t employ such a teaching style,” Lizzie says.

Lizzie expanded on how the independence in the classroom is what stands out from other teachers.

“His teaching style gives students a chance to be more independent, whether that’s figuring out what to do in labs or worksheets that supplement the material we learn in class”.

People all around campus love Mr. Eckel for different reasons. Whether it’s because of the way he teaches, his life lessons, his quirks, and his crazy nature, Mr. Eckel remains a fan favorite around the Christian Brothers community.

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